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2016 Cannes Film Festival Unveils Directors’ Fortnight Picks, Including New Films From Paul Schrader and Laura Poitras

2016 Cannes Film Festival Unveils Directors' Fortnight Picks, Including New Films From Paul Schrader and Laura Poitras

The 48th annual edition of the Cannes Film Festival’s lauded Directors’ Fortnight section announced its picks this morning and, as ever, it includes a hefty number of new works from rising stars, festival favorites already garnering serious acclaim and some of the most buzzed-about international offerings on the circuit. The section is a non-competitive sidebar, but members of the Société des Réalisateurs Français, which organizes the event, do dole out honors. Last year’s winners included “My Golden Days,” “Mustang” and “Embrace of the Serpent.”

The 2016 list includes news films from Oscar nominee Laura Poitras, Chile’s beloved auteur Pablo Larraín and Paul Schrader, who will debut his Nicolas Cage-starrig actioner in the section. Other standouts include Sébastien Lifshitz’s “Therese,” Nathan Morlando’s “Mean Dreams” and the latest from Alejandro Jodorowsky, “Endless Poetry.” There’s even a stop-motion film about an abused zucchini (“My Life as a Courgette,” obviously). 

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Check out the full lineup below.

Sweet Dreams,” directed by Marco Bellocchio (Opening Night Film)
L’economie du couple,” directed by Joachim Lafosse
The Aquatic Effect,” directed by Sólveig Anspach
Like Crazy,” directed by Paolo Virzi
Mercenaire,” directed by Sacha Wolff
My Life as a Courgette,” directed by Claude Barras
Neruda,” directed by Pablo Larraín
Raman Raghav 2.0,” directed by Anurag Kashyap
Tour de France,” directed by Rachid Djaidani
Risk,” directed by Laura Poitras
Two Lovers and a Bear,” directed by Kim Nguyen
Therese,” directed by Sébastien Lifshitz
Wolf and Sheep,” directed by Shahrbanoo Sadat
Mean Dreams,” directed by Nathan Morlando
Endless Poetry,” directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Fiore,” directed by Claudio Giovannesi
Divines,” directed by Houda Benyamina
Dog Eat Dog,” directed by Paul Schrader (Closing Night Film)

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The Cannes Film Festival runs May 11-22.

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Check out a trailer from one of last year’s Directors’ Fortnight picks, the recently released “Green Room,” embedded below:

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